New Jersey governor Chris Christie is moving forward with a plan that calls for New York City's WNET, the largest public television station in the country, to take over operations of the state-owned New Jersey Network.
Under the proposed five-year agreement, New Jersey would retain the broadcasting license, and NJN would be renamed NJTV. The station would continue to broadcast a nightly news program and live coverage of state events, such as addresses given by Gov. Christie.
The plan needs legislative approval. If the deal becomes finalized, 130 NJN jobs could be eliminated, although WNET president Neal Shapiro told The Associated Press that between 15 and 20 people would be needed in order to create content for NJTV.
We are looking forward to this new partnership, which we think will serve the people of New Jersey extraordinarily well. It also meets our goal of making sure government is out of the broadcasting business. In my view that should have ended with the Soviet Union. It's ending here in new Jersey a little later than the fall of the wall in Berlin, but we're getting there, Gov. Christie said, according to The Associated Press.